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The Istana – Uluwatu 5 bedroom clifftop villa and luxury venue The Istana – Uluwatu 5 bedroom clifftop villa and luxury venue

With its dream location high above the Indian Ocean on a Bali cliff-top, The Istana is regarded by many as the ultimate luxury villa, and has won the hearts of the world’s most discerning travellers.

‘Istana’ means palace in Indonesian, and The Istana is truly palatial in every sense: in its profuse living space, in the symmetrical elegance of its architecture, in its stunning interior design, and in the impeccable service provided by its staff. Indeed, one can be forgiven for feeling like royalty in this sublime setting where attention to detail is second to none and every wish is fulfilled.  

The views are beyond spectacular. On a clear day Bali’s necklace of volcanoes to the north are visible on the horizon, while 60 metres below, world-class surf breaks attract seasoned wave riders. The sky blazes with fiery oranges and pinks as the sun sets on a perfect day, and when darkness deepens the sea sparkles with a latticework of lights from the fishing boats of Jimbaran Bay.

It is little wonder that the Istana is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Bali; celebrated for its cliff-top ceremonies, candlelit poolside dinners, and dance floor under the stars. Adding to the romance is the secluded master suite, which has its own private pool and is positioned well away from the four guest bedrooms in the main villa.

The space and facilities at The Istana have huge family appeal. When not cavorting in the 32-metre infinity pool, kids will be thrilled to have the run of their own special wing, where a games room is equipped with pool table, Wii and PS3, and every night is sleepover night in the four-bedded bunk room. Parents can play too – a couples’ massage at the spa perhaps, followed by sunset cocktails and a gourmet dinner to rival the best of Bali’s restaurants, capped with a Cognac and Cuban cigar.

Such is The Istana’s magic that many guests choose not to stray far. But for those few who do have the urge to explore, Suluban Beach is only a five-minute walk away, and a seven-seat chauffeur driven car is on stand-by to whisk guests across the isthmus to Seminyak or further afield into Bali’s rural and cultural heart.

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Bedrooms

The Istana offers five spacious bedroom suites – each an oasis of calm. Below vaulted timber ceilings, king-size beds are set on ‘carpets’ of creamy terrazzo bordered by warm teakwood. Behind the beds, walls of Palimanan stone are embellished with carved wood reliefs and antique batik and silk panels, while tribal artefacts are inset on recessed shelves. A soothingly neutral palette enhances the sense of space, and there’s a choice of air-conditioning or overhead fans for cooling.

Master Suite

The master suite is nothing short of spectacular: a palatial bedroom pavilion with huge bathroom, sun terrace and 8 x 4-metre swimming pool. The extraordinary ocean vista unfolds beyond a wall of glass opening onto a private veranda with daybed; even the 42-inch TV plays second fiddle to the view, retreating discreetly into a console to free the line of sight from the bed. The enormous ensuite is a cream terrazzo haven with sunken bathtub, twin granite basins, and indoor and outdoor showers.

Ocean Suites

The sound of the surf and the scent of the sea escort the stunning views that flood into the two ocean suites. With the wide glass doors flung back guests can ease themselves from slumber to pool shallows in a heartbeat. Mirroring the light and airy bedrooms are large ensuite bathrooms with double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and steps up to a terrazzo tub for a rather regal bathing experience.

Garden Suites

Enjoying all the space and splendour of the ocean suites, the peaceful garden suites swap the sea view for 42-inch plasma TVs and DVD players with Bose surround-sound, and enjoy a private walled sunbathing area. The ensuite bathrooms have double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, a raised terrazzo tub and daybed.

Children’s bunk room

In the children’s wing to the back of the villa is a room with ensuite bathroom with four bunk beds.